Friday, 6 March 2009


So I've managed to hand my PPRD in a few days early so that's a weight off my mind! I have designed my own cover, cd cover, CV and notebook to hand in. My portfolio I feel needs a bit of work done to it, but I will wait for my feedback ready to apply for when I take y portfolio to the final show.
I have found PPRD very useful to me and it has been really good to reflect on each day and be able to look back and see how I have progressed both in skills and confidence throughout the year.

Evaluation to follow...

I can now focus on my professional project! 

Wednesday, 4 March 2009


So for the last few days I have been particularly focusing on my PPRD ready for the hand-in on Monday, and I'm pleased with what I have so far! I am so glad I kept my blog going from day one as it has everything I need to know on it for the past year :)
Good times.


My CV is finally done! Here is a taster...

Monday, 2 March 2009


The more I talk to people about my professional project, the more ideas I am getting and it seems my list is growing everyday.
My most recent thought is putting my quotes and phrases into the environment and photographing this, not only as a documentary of my work but also to record how people react. This can be presented as a photobook, similar to that of Banksy, or an album or photo collage.
These things can be thought of at a much later time!

For now I need to get on with my research, something I really want to abandon right now as I want to just get on with getting my hands dirty and making stuff! :)


9.30 start and straight into Anna's seminar session for the theory essay. Fortunately, plenty of people didn't read their e-mails so Tom, Lauren and myself all pretty much got a one to one tutorial which I found extremely helpful..
I showed my reading list which I need to research and possible case studies. I also finally have a working title!
"Visual analysis for shock advertising campaigns and it's specific use of colour". 
It still needs working on, but I have something to refer to now :)

Since then I have been back and forth to the library making various photocopies ready for a reading session some time later in the week.
Finally getting on track AND I understand what I'm doing so far! Good times.

Saturday, 28 February 2009


I am currently aware that as this professional project, PPRD and anything else goes on I need to make sure I don't neglect the theory side of things.
Today I have tried to come up with some sort of reading list and some case studies ready to show Anna in Monday's session. Unfortunately a few of the books I need are on loan, so have reserved them. But I also can't take any more out until I have returned the 9 I currently have on loan! This must be a record for me I think. But it's all very useful. I am disappointed it has taken so long to get in to the library to work, however, for an FMP I'm glad I did it now instead of never.
I have made a list of everything I need to include in my sketchbook so far as I am finding I am working faster than I can fill my sketchbook!
I am making sure I talk to lots of people and tutors about my work and listening and on the look out for any ideas. I am feeling alot more confident about my work as ideas are rolling out of my head onto paper, I just can't wait to make them happen. BUT I need to research first, or I'm jumping ahead of myself and will lack the research I need to underpin my work.
I'm finally glad to see it's pointing in some sort of direction now, I just need to run with it.

Only thing I need to conquer now, is the essay. Uh-oh :(

Friday, 27 February 2009


I decided to go to the library and search for some useful books on concept advertising and stress management. Unfortunately there were a few missing that I wanted to take out, however I will leave that for another day.
I now have a list piling up with references which will eventually form my bibliography at the end of the project. Currently I am looking at books such as Guerrilla Advertising, Small Graphics and Creative Advertising. For the more theory based side of things I am looking at Stress Management and 365 Steps to Self-Confidence.
I have spent the majority of the day scanning and selecting various images that is relevant to my work, and it looks like I am finally heading in some sort of direction!

After my tutorial with Mike yesterday, I felt I needed another input on my thoughts and ideas. I had a tutorial with Neil, which really helped and set me on a path in the right direction. I am going to scrap the idea of designing my own typeface for now as that is potentially a professional project in itself.
I need to define my idea to appear in a specific concept or situation in order for it to have the desired effect. As I want to encourage people to think more positively, I suppose you could say I am advertising positivity. I want the final outcome not only to be the chosen words and colour, but also how it is displayed and presented to the public. From here I can now look into advertising, and artists such as Catherine Griffiths and Sheila Levrant de Bretteville.
Now I have an idea of my final outcome, it will make things easier to research. I realise I am only scratching the surface at this point, so need to continue to define it further. But I finally think I'm on to something! :)

I received a text from one of my friends which made me smile quite a bit :D it's one of those annoying chain texts, however I thought it related quite well to my topic. It read:
Sick of sissy friend poems? This speaks of true friendship. When your sad I will get you drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad. When you're scared  I will take the piss whenever I can. When you're sick, stay the fuck away from me til you're well again. When you fail I will point and laugh. This is a promise I pledge til the end. Why? Cos you're my friend! Send to 8 friends and then you can get depressed cos you can only think of 4.